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Finding Dory – movie review

An unforgettable journey she probably won’t remember


Finding Dory, movie review

A sequel to the 2003 film Finding Nemo, Finding Dory focuses on the amnesiac character Dory, and explores her journey to be reunited with her family.

Dory is a bright blue tang with a sunny personality and has severe memory issues (like Aamir Khan’s character in Ghajin), Dory only has short bursts of functionality before she forgets what she’s doing, and the next moment she wonders what she had just learned.

These memory lapses doesn’t upset her upbeat attitude until she realizes she is forgotten something big: her family.
Though she has found a new family in Marlin and Nemo, but is haunted by the belief that someone out there is looking for her.

The inspiration for coming up with an animated film like Finding Dory and its prequel sprung in the director Andrew Stanton’s mind from going back to his childhood, when he loved going to the dentist to see the fish tank, assuming that the fish were from the ocean and wanted to go home.

He then realized that the underwater world could be done beautifully in computer animation. And Finding Nemo was the product of his vision, which is now followed with Finding Dory.

Being a sequel, Finding Dory’s story takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo and is set off the coast of California. Many characters from the first film, including Dory, Nemo, Marlin, Mr. Ray, Crush and Squirt are shown in this film.

It features an all-star voice cast of Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Ed O’Neill lends his voice to “septopus” Hank, Kaitlin Olson voices whale shark Destiny, and Ty Burrell gives voice to Neluga whale Bailey.

Portraying Dory’s parents Charlie and Jenny are Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton and the 12-year-old Hayden Rolence brings Nemo to life.

It is a beautiful life for Dory who is a part of Nemo and Marlin’s the clown fish family settled into the reef, Dory is happy and found support and safety with her surrogate family.

Life takes a turn when during a field trip, Dory’s mind is triggered to the memory of her birth parents, and this fish with a ‘short term memory loss’ decides to set out in search of her parents.

Marlin, though reluctant, lets Dory pursue her motive and they set out on an adventurous journey for reuniting Dory with her parents.

The story can be best summed up to say that home is where the heart is and Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure in theatres now, takes moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world.

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cast – Voices of:
Ellen DeGeneres as Dory (a Pacific regal blue tang with short-term memory loss)
Albert Brooks as Marlin (a clownfish and Nemo’s father)
Hayden Rolence as Nemo (a young clownfish and Marlin’s son)
Ed O’Neill as Hank (an ill-tempered East Pacific red octopus/ septopus)
Kaitlin Olson as Destiny (a near-sighted whale shark )
Ty Burrell as Bailey (a beluga whale who temporarily lost echolocation)
Diane Keaton as Jenny (a Pacific regal blue tang and Dory’s mother)
Eugene Levy as Charlie (a Pacific regal blue tang and Dory’s father)
Idris Elba as Fluke (a territorial California sea lion)
Dominic West as Rudder (Fluke’s buddy, who shares the same rock)


Production company – Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Produced by Lindsey Collins
Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse
Story by Andrew Stanton
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography – Jeremy Lasky
Edited by Axel Geddes
Finding Dory, movie review